Research Wire: March 2019

Rita Parai, assistant professor of geochemistry in Arts & Sciences, received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration for a project titled “Seeing through the fission: Multi-modal analyses of actinides and noble gas isotopes in geological samples.”

Manel Errando, research scientist and lecturer in physics in Arts & Sciences, received a $363,000 award from NASA in support of developing thin-film polymer actuators for high-resolution X-ray optics.

A study by Washington University School of Medicine researchers has been recognized as a 2019 top 20 clinical research study by the Clinical Research Forum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting support for clinical research and its impact on health. Studies are chosen to highlight major advances in health and medicine due to the country’s investment in research. Read more from the School of Medicine.

Timothy Wencewicz, assistant professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, received a $10,000 award from the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation to collaborate on a project seeking to identify optimal opiate disposal.

Arpita Bose, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received a $7,500 award from the U.S. Army to support research on understanding how microbes interact with charged surfaces.

Mario Feldman, associate professor of molecular microbiology at the School of Medicine, received a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study urinary tract infections caused by the bacterium Acinetobacter baumannii. 

Michael Nowak, research professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, received $25,500 to collaborate with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on a project titled “Investigating new integral sources with Chandra.” Nowak also received $10,000 to work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology on a project titled “Using NuSTAR to assess the mass, spin, distance, and FeLine of 4U 1957+11.”

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